The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba had a telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada François-Philippe Champagne, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

Kuleba informed his colleague about the security situation in Donbas and Ukraine’s intensive efforts on a political and diplomatic settlement in the Normandy format and at consultations in Minsk. François-Philippe Champagne assured that Canada fully supports Ukraine’s efforts. He also announced the decision of the Canadian government to allocate an additional 4.3 million Canadian dollars to support the security and defence sector of Ukraine.

The interlocutors noted the exemplary cooperation between Ukraine and Canada in the field of security. Kuleba expressed gratitude for the active participation of Canadian servicemen in Operation “Unifier” and the important contribution of the Canadian Armed Forces in strengthening the security of our state.

In addition, Kuleba informed about the final stage of forming a Ukrainian delegation for negotiations on extending the Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and Canada. The parties paid attention to deepening economic cooperation and continuing the dialogue on visa liberalisation. The interlocutors discussed the further implementation of reforms aimed at the development of Ukrainian economics and Ukraine’s integration into the EU and NATO.

A particularly important topic of conversation was the further coordination of actions before the next stage of negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran on compensation for the downing of the PS752 aircraft.

Natalia Tolub

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